Sandcastles of Our Minds

We erected sand castles on the shore

I designed them and you painstakingly formed them

Into edifices complete with turrets, flags, and moats.

We even won the contest for the most authentic.

Now the only castles we build are in our imaginations.

You don’t even recognize your queen anymore and I

am sad at the ravages that alzheimers has afflicted my king.

Oh, to be young again and sit at sunset and watch the tide

sweep away our castles, slowly and gently.

Perhaps we can sit on the balcony tonight and hold hands.

This may be the day you call me your queen again .

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21 thoughts on “Sandcastles of Our Minds

  1. A heartbreaking piece, to be sure. I was struck by the lines about longing to watch the tide sweep away castles, perhaps because they were made more powerful by the knowledge that mentally those castles have already been washed away. Thanks for sharing this one for the rally!

  2. Now the only castles we build are in our imaginations. You don’t even recognize your queen anymore…………..

    A sad n heartfelt piece.. As you always do; very vividly done again.. hugs xx

  3. Hey, thanks for swinging by my humble blog, and for the kind words left therein! Your own piece is an emotionally charged beauty. I’ve seen several people repeat the word “heartbreaking,” and I would have to concur – the ravages of alzheimers are a brutal thing, depicted here so perfectly in the embodiment of memory, of youth: the sandcastle. When even our memories stray…it is a frightening thing. But there is hope, painful longing hope, in that last moment, the thought that perhaps today, perhaps he will remember…

    Sweet dreams. Poignant loss. A fine piece.

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